• Sherry Sherry
    December 13, 2009
    My period has been stopped for a year now all of a sudden I have a period does this mean i am not th
    Sherry Sherry
    December 13, 2009

    My period has been stopped for a year now all of a sudden I have a period does this mean i am not through menopause and why after would i start up again?

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  • Sandy Greenquist
    Health Guide
    January 24, 2010
    Sandy Greenquist
    Health Guide
    January 24, 2010

    Hi Sherry,

    It is not terribly unusual for women to have a period or series of periods even after being without bleeding for a year or more.  Until your estrogen is at a given low level, you can continue to very slowly build up a uterine lining that will eventually shed.

    If the bleeding is erratic, spotting/bleeding off and on rather than more like a discrete period, it should be evaluated by your provider.

    Good luck to you,

    Sandy Greenquist, CNM

    Menopause Clinician

  • Toni Hurst
    Health Guide
    December 14, 2009
    Toni Hurst
    Health Guide
    December 14, 2009

    Dear Sherry,

    You don't say how old you are or if you saw a medical provider and whether it was confirmed (via a blood test) that you were actually in menopause over the past year. So it's a little hard to tell what's happening. Typically periods go on and off for a year or so, so it isn't terribly unusual to get your period again--as I recal that happened to me too and then they stopped altogether. However, if you're concerned, ask a doctor or clinic to confirm your hormone levels with a blood test. Then you'll know for sure if you are entering or in the midst of menopause.

    --Toni Hurst


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